Ancient civilisations

Courses about Ancient Civilisations

Discover the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Roman on our courses, as well as Mayan civilisations and more.

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  1. Nero's women
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Nero's Mother Agrippina was a dominant part of his life until she met an untimely end but his wives Octavia, Poppaea and Statilia also has a strong influence on his life.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Discovering Constantinople, the capital of Eastern Roman and Byzantine Empires
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the fascinating history and artistic production in ancient Constantinople.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  3. Splendour and Decline. Egypt from the XXIInd to the XXVth Dynasties
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a fascinating but complex period of Egyptian history from the XXII to the XXV Dynasty.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  4. Women of the Bible in Art
    Course Date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This module will look at the reception of the stories of biblical women in the visual arts, using a variety of tools from narratology, feminist interpretation, sociology, politics and visual exegesis. We will look a number of biblical texts where women appear as central or marginal and will examine the ways in which their story is depicted. We will look at the ways in which paintings will sometimes fill a gap in the story, or indeed diverge from its biblical model. The range of paintings will range from the medieval period, passing through the Renaissance to contemporary art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  5. Looking for Nero
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Can we possibly hope to discover the ‘real’ Nero two millennia after his death when our literary evidence portraying him as a monster is so clearly biased and contradictory? Conclusions that it is impossible offer instead a study of how ancient authors ‘construct’ their character in order to satisfy their own ideological purposes. But perhaps a different approach to these texts could reveal something of the man himself?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  6. The reception of Nero in opera
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Roman emperor Nero has captured the imagination of artists, writers and musicians throughout the centuries. A genre in which portrayals of Nero appear frequently is opera. The first and most famous opera in which Nero features is Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea; it was followed by numerous, nowadays often almost forgotten operas that also present the Nero story, sometimes with interesting twists.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  7. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery
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    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Myth permeated all aspects of ancient society and much the same can be said today. Investigate the relevance and perseverance of the Greek myth and why these tales continue to fascinate.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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